The Bangladesh Cricket Board will give financial assistance to cricketers taking part in the Dhaka Premier League who aren't part of the national contracts or payroll structure. BCB president Nazmul Hassan announced that cricketers participating in the Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League 2019-20 will receive a one-time amount of BDT 30,000.00 from the board to support their expenses because of the league's stoppage and the COVID-19 pandemic, reports Cricbuzz.
"With the tournament looking at an indefinite period of shut down, cricketers who are not part of the BCB's contracts are likely to face financial hardship as they may have only received partial payment from their respective clubs. This assistance is for that section of the players," said Nazmul.
The Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League 2019-20 was postponed on March 19 after just one completed round of matches in compliance with the directive from the Ministry of Youth & Sports and measures taken by the government to fight the COVID-19 outbreak. As there is no cricket, large sections of Bangladesh's professional cricketers feared that they will miss out on their entire income if the Dhaka Premier League doesn't continue for the rest of the season. The players are in danger of being paid 1/12th of their total income because the club has played just one game.
Tushar Imran, the country's leading first-class run-scorer, along with few other senior cricketers had raised their voice citing their uncertain future and BCB has acted on their request.